Community of Practice


  1. Introduction
  2. Register
  3. Training
  4. Community of Practice documents
  5. E-learning resources
  6. Frequently Asked Questions




The UK-Med Community of Practice was established to unite UK healthcare workers in a network of like-minded professionals with a commitment to humanitarian principles and an interest in emergency humanitarian response.

The Community of Practice is open to all healthcare workers professionally registered in the UK.

Registered members of the Community of Practice will receive opportunities for training and overseas work, both paid and voluntary, that are offered by UK-Med, our partners and other external organisations.

UK-Med also recruits members of the UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT) programme through the Community of Practice. All members of the Community of Practice will automatically be considered for selection to training courses as part of recruitment to a UKEMT on-call team. Eligibility criteria for joining a UKEMT are published here.

It is important that members keep their online profile up-to-date and populated in full (including a current CV) once they have completed their registration. This helps to ensure members can be considered for all opportunities Members can access their online profile here.


To join the Community of Practice, healthcare workers must complete an online application form.

Applicants will receive an automated email with their log-in details once their application has been processed. It is important you follow this link to complete your profile.


The UK-Med Pre-Deployment Course (PDC) is open to members of the Community of Practice. Priority is given to clinicians eligible for the UKEMT pathway, but places will also be open to junior clinicians subject to availability.

With successful completion of the PDC you are also eligible to apply for UK-Med Overseas Training Deployments. Please see the Training section for more details about the training opportunities for Community of Practice members.

For details of recent events held by UK-Med, please see the News Section of our website.

Community of Practice Documents

Here you can find documents relevant to membership of the Community of Practice and progression through the UKEMT programme.

UK-Med – Important Documents

E-learning Resources

Below are materials which will provide important background information to the work of UK-Med, UKEMT and the international humanitarian community. UK-Med encourages all members of the Community of Practice to use these resources to gain a deeper understanding of the context into which they may deploy.

Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Minimum Standards


UK-Med Deployment – Haiti

Violence against Women & Girls


MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) – Short, online courses offered by global universities

Other Online Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve submitted an application to join the Community of Practice but I haven’t received my log-in details yet?

All applications to the Community of Practice are subject to review as part of the joining process. Should your application be accepted, you will receive your log-in details within 5 working days following submission.

What should I do once I’ve received my Community of Practice log-in details?

Once you have received your account details you should log-in and complete your profile, ensuring that all relevant fields are completed and a current CV is uploaded. This will ensure that you receive details of the most relevant volunteering and training opportunities via email.

I’ve forgotten my Community of Practice account password. What should do I?

In the first instance Community of Practice members can use the ‘Forgot my password’ function, which can be found on the log-in page. If this does not solve the problem, please contact

Can I be a member of the UK-Med Community of Practice and volunteer for work with other organisations?

Yes – being a member of the Community of Practice does not preclude you from working or belonging to other organisations. UK-Med will often circulate details of training and volunteering opportunities from other external organisations via email. Gaining humanitarian experience by working with other organisations is one way to improve the likelihood of selection for UKEMT activities.

What can I do to increase the likelihood of being selected for the UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT) training programme?

UK-Med will review a range of criteria to ensure the suitability of all team members for the demands of deployment to a humanitarian crisis. Professional experience, seniority, qualifications and field experience are reviewed as part of the selection process. Healthcare workers in the humanitarian field may wish to consider developing their CVs in the following areas:

  • Language skills
  • Previous experience of work within a humanitarian, resource-limited or austere environment
  • Completion of additional training outside of work
  • Qualifications such as Diploma in Tropical Medicine/Tropical Nursing

This information should be included in your Community of Practice profile. In addition, please ensure that your profile is complete and up-to-date, including ensuring that your current CV is uploaded.

I don’t meet the UKEMT criteria, can I still apply to join the UKEMT training programme?

Application to the UK-Med Pre-Deployment Course (PDC) is open to all members of the UK-Med Community of Practice, however priority will be given to those applications eligible for progression through the UKEMT core training programme. Some spaces may be allocated to less experienced applicants or clinicians with particular skills or experience, pending availability.

For more details please see the Training section.

Can I forward training application details to my colleagues who might be interested?

You are able to share the details of training courses with interested colleagues, however please note that all attendees must have membership with the Community of Practice otherwise they will not be able to be considered. If you are going to share details of opportunities with colleagues who are not already part of the Community of Practice, please also direct them to the sign-up page.

I’m currently studying and would like to apply for work experience or an elective with UK-Med. Is this possible?

At this time UK-Med is not able to offer work experience or elective placements for students.